HC Deb 17 December 1945 vol 417 c1055W
Lieutenant W. Shepherd

asked the Minister of War Transport the steps he is taking to eliminate the empty running time, approximately 20 percent., of road transport vehicles operating under his control.

Mr. Barnes

The operational methods of the Road Haulage Organisation are designed to reduce empty running to a minimum, but it is not practicable to eliminate it entirely, if only for the reason that traffic is not equally balanced in each direction. Twenty percent. of empty running compares favourably with the average in haulage generally.